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At Horizon Family Medical Group, we believe that healthy eating starts with fresh, nutritious ingredients. One of the best ways to ensure you’re getting the best quality produce and meats is by sourcing them locally. Not only does this support your health, but it also boosts the local economy and fosters a sense of community. Here in Orange County, we have a wealth of farm-fresh options that are both delicious and beneficial for you and your family.

The Benefits of Locally Sourced Produce and Meats

Choosing locally sourced produce and meats offers numerous benefits:

  1. Fresher and More Nutritious: Local produce is often harvested at its peak ripeness, ensuring maximum flavor and nutrient content. Similarly, local meats are typically fresher and free from the preservatives sometimes found in supermarket products.
  2. Supports Local Farmers and Businesses: Buying local means your money stays within the community, supporting farmers and small businesses. This contributes to the local economy and helps maintain agricultural traditions.
  3. Environmental Benefits: Local food travels shorter distances to reach your plate, reducing carbon emissions and the need for excessive packaging. This makes it a more environmentally friendly choice.
  4. Seasonal Eating: Eating seasonally means consuming foods at their best, which can be both healthier and more flavorful. It also encourages a more diverse diet throughout the year.

Exploring Farm-Fresh Options in Orange County

Orange County is home to a variety of farms and markets that provide fresh, locally sourced produce and meats. Here are a few highlights:

  • Apple Dave’s Orchards: A family-owned farm offering a range of fruits, vegetables, and artisanal products.
  • Warwick Valley Farmers’ Market: Open from May to November, this market features fresh produce, meats, dairy products, and baked goods from local vendors.
  • Maple Terrace Farms: Known for its high-quality meats, Maple Terrace Farms offers a great selection of farm-fresh products.

For a comprehensive list of local farms and markets, visit Orange County’s Farm Fresh page: https://orangetourism.org/explore-orange-county-ny/farm-fresh/

Making Farm-Fresh Choices

Incorporating locally sourced produce and meats into your diet can be simple and rewarding. Start by visiting local farmers’ markets or joining a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. Experiment with new recipes that highlight seasonal ingredients, and take the opportunity to learn more about where your food comes from.

At Horizon Family Medical Group, we encourage our patients to make healthy eating choices that benefit both their well-being and the community. By choosing farm-fresh options, you’re making a positive impact on your health and supporting the local economy. Enjoy the flavors and benefits of locally sourced food today!